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Rep. Michele Bachmann Says She Doesn't Judge Gays, But Would Reinstate 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (VIDEO)

| by Michael Allen

On CNN’s State of the Union, host Candy Crowley asked Rep. Michele Bachmann if she would bring back the controversial 'Don’t Ask, Don't Tell' policy that prevented gays from serving in the US military.

“The ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy has worked very well,” Bachmann told Crowley. “It worked very well, and I would be in consultation with our commanders. But I think yes, I probably would.”

In 2004, Bachmann told the National Education Leadership Conference that homosexuality was "part of Satan." She added, "If you're involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it's bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement. And that's why this is so dangerous."

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Is "that is the view President Bachmann would have of gay Americans?" NBC's David Gregory asked Bachmann Sunday on Meet The Press.

"Well, I'm running for the presidency of the United States," Bachmann replied. "I'm not running to be anyone's judge." "But you do judge them," Gregory responded. "I don't judge them," Bachmann disagreed. "I am running for presidency of the United States."

"Congresswoman, do you think that anyone hears that thinks you haven't made a judgment about gays and lesbians?" Gregory asked. "That's all I can tell you. I am not judging," Bachmann insisted.